Grant Details


Supplemental Funding for Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Cooperative Agreement Recipients (CARs) (Limited Eligibility) - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 03/15/2024 (Due Date)
Solicitation Date: Unknown
   
Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $60,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $5,000,000 (Max)
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to provide supplemental funding to existing CARs of the funding agency's National Brownfields Program (Part B): Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants, known in eCivis Grants Network as US0079B, who have made loan(s) and substantially depleted their pool of funds. The funding agency anticipates that supplemental funding awarded to existing CARs will advance the Biden Administration's Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver at least 40 percent of the benefits of certain federal government programs to disadvantaged communities. Options for identifying whether sites are located in disadvantaged or underserved communities are provided in the UnderservedID file.

Eligibility is limited to existing CARs of the funding agency's National Brownfields Program (Part B): Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants, known in eCivis Grants Network as US0079B.

Program Office Notes:

The program officer stated that the explanation of the difference between monetary cost share and program income, attached as the CostShare file, is current.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are CARs of the funding agency's National Brownfields Program (Part B): Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants, known in eCivis Grants Network as US0079B, with an open award that have made loan(s) and substantially depleted their pool of funds.

To be eligible for supplemental funding of up to $1 million, CARs must meet the following general criteria by the supplemental funding request deadline of March 15, 2024:

  • CARs must demonstrate that they have executed at least one loan
  • CARs must demonstrate that they have significantly depleted their pool of funds and that they have a clear plan for quickly utilizing the additional requested funds

For FY 2024, the funding agency defines significantly depleted funds as follows:

  • CARs that have received more than $1 million from the funding agency for their RLF program: the balance of uncommitted funding can equal no more than 35 percent of the total amount of RLF funds awarded under all open, post-closeout, and closed grants
  • CARs that have received $1 million or less from the funding agency for their RLF program: the balance of uncommitted funding can equal no more than 50 percent of the total amount of RLF funds awarded under all open, post-closeout, and closed grants

To be eligible for supplemental funding of $1 million to $3 million, CARs must meet the aforementioned general criteria and have an uncommitted funding balance of no more than $750,000. CARs must also meet the following additional criteria by the supplemental funding request deadline of March 15, 2024:

  • CARs must demonstrate that their RLF program has at least three sites that are in process or have achieved cleanup
  • CARs must have revolved program income from open, post-closeout, and/or closed RLF grant(s) into at least one executed loan or subgrant
  • CARs must demonstrate that their RLF program has at least two sites that positively impacted underserved communities

To be eligible for supplemental funding of $3 million to $5 million, CARs must meet the above criteria and have revolved at least $100,000 of program income from open, post-closeout, and/or closed RLF grant(s) into at least one executed loan or subgrant.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Niagara County Center for Economic Development (NY)
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC)
  • City of Austin (TX)
  • City of New York (NY)
  • County of Montgomery (PA)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Consortia
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
Schools/School Districts
State Government
Tribal Organizations/Institutions
Application Notes:

Supplemental funding requests must be submitted by March 15, 2024.

Supplemental funding requests must be emailed to the appropriate regional brownfields contact listed online at www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-contacts-epa-regional-offices, with a copy to the funding agency headquarters using the information provided in the Contact section.

Supplemental funding requests must include:

  • Demonstration of the CAR's eligibility for supplemental funding, including the significant depletion of funds
  • List of imminent and potential projects in the the CAR's pipeline that are most likely to use the requested funding to demonstrate the likelihood that the supplemental funding will be used expeditiously, lead to preservation of the fund, promote reuse of sites, and provide community benefits
  • Summary of major RLF accomplishments for projects where RLF funding has been expended to further demonstrate the CAR's ability to award and manage loans/subgrants, preserve the fund, successfully promote reuse of sites, and provide community benefits
  • Discussion of the management of the RLF to demonstrate the CAR's competency in managing an RLF program

Supplemental funding requests may be submitted as either an electronically transmitted letter which provides all of the requested information listed above, or as a very brief cover letter with the sample format provided in the SampleRequest file attached. Supplemental funding requests will not be rejected or reviewed unfavorably if an applicant chooses not to use the SampleRequest file as long as the applicant provides all of the requested information. The funding agency prefers that tables 1, 2, and 3 are submitted in Excel format using the AppendixB-Tables file.

In addition to the depletion of funds, supplemental funding requests will be evaluated on the quality and extent to which the CAR's RLF program reflects the following considerations:

  • The number of imminent and potential projects in the RLF program pipeline, demonstrating the program's ability to make loans and subgrants for cleanups that can be started and completed, as well as quickly lead to redevelopment
  • Community benefits from executed and pending loan(s) and/or subgrant(s), with particular consideration given to CARs that can demonstrate benefits to underserved communities
  • The ability to administer, preserve, and revolve the capitalization funding the RLF grant

Refer to the NOFA and SampleRequest files for additional application information.

Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $60,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $5,000,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

Matching funds are not required for this program; however, the funding agency encourages innovative approaches to maximizing revolving and leveraging with other funds, including use of award funds as a loan loss guarantee, or by combining with other government or private-sector lending resources.

Applicants should note that a 20 percent cost share via cash and/or in-kind contributions is still required under their existing cooperative agreement from the funding agency's National Brownfields Program (Part B): Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants, known in eCivis Grants Network as US0079B.

Funding Notes:

Approximately $60 million is available to support cooperative agreements through this program. Awards have typically ranged between $200,000 and $500,000; however, the funding agency anticipates awarding up to $5 million per award for FY 2024.

Recipients of supplemental funding will have the following new policy changes apply to their new awards via terms and conditions:

  • The allowable subgrant limit has increased from $350,000 to $500,000, with the limited possibility of a waiver of an amount above $500,000
  • The discounted amount in a discounted loan has increased from a maximum of $200,000 to $500,000 and from up to 30 percent of the loan to up to 50 percent of the loan, with the limited possibility of a waiver for either condition

For FY 2021, a total of $11.6 million was distributed via 27 awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 through this program. Refer to the Award file for details.

Contacts:

Program Staff
brownfields@epa.gov

Agency Address
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the program staff or to the appropriate regional brownfields contact listed online at www.epa.gov/brownfields/brownfields-contacts-epa-regional-offices.

Supplemental funding requests must be emailed to the appropriate regional brownfields contact with a copy to the address provided.

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Files:
NOFA File: US11560_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (302.6 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US11560_SampleRequest_FY2024.pdf (926.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US11560_UnderservedID_FY2024.pdf (821.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US11560_AppendixB-Tables_FY2024.xlsx (29.2 Kb)
Award File: US11560_Award_FY2024.pdf (2.0 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US11560_CostShare_FY2024.pdf (166.5 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains detailed program information and supplemental funding request guidelines. The SampleRequest file contains a sample format that applicants may use to ensure that their supplemental funding request is complete and in the correct order. The UnderservedID file contains options for identifying sites in underserved communities. The AppendixB-Tables file contains the preferred document for the submission of tables. The CostShare file contains an explanation of the difference between monetary cost share and program income. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients.

The program officer stated that the explanation of the difference between monetary cost share and program income, attached as the CostShare file, is current.

January 30, 2024
The program officer provided additional information regarding the explanation of the difference between monetary cost share and program income. The Financial and Files sections have been updated accordingly.

Project: Indiana Brownfields Program (4.6 Mb)
Applicant: Indiana Finance Authority
Summary:

The purpose of this program is to provide supplemental funding assistance for brownfield revitalization, including assessment, cleanup, and job training. The Indiana Finance Authority requested a supplemental loan of $1 million to support long-term brownfield remediation activities at a former hospital site. Funding was requested to remove asbestos and other contaminants in order to prevent liability as an "attractive nuisance," and to restore the site to conditions that would allow for commercial and residential redevelopment.

 
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Grant Categories
Community Development
Hazardous Waste/Remediation/Brownfields
Environment/Natural Resources